A MAN attacked his wife as police watched at the window, a court heard.

William Butler, of Manchester Road in Slaithwaite, grabbed his wife around the neck in a drunken argument.

And police arrived to witness him waving a knife around as he held her.

The 55-year-old admitted assaulting Janet Butler when he appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.

The attack happened at Mrs Butler’s home at Church Street in Paddock on April 21.

Magistrates were told that the couple had separated and were living in different properties.

On the day Butler had been drinking at pubs, including The Ship Inn nearby.

Mrs Butler had left after joining him for a drink and he later followed her home.

Saj Hussain, prosecuting, said that after Butler arrived he became aggressive towards her.

He shouted and swore and damaged a few items in the house.

Mr Hussain said: “He then went into the kitchen, picked up two knives and was threatening to kill himself.”

The Huddersfield bench was told that Mrs Butler called police, who saw the attack unfold as they stood at the window outside of the house.

Mr Hussain said: “They looked through the window and saw him grab her around the neck, he brought her towards the window.

“The officers saw that he was holding a large kitchen knife in the other hand.

“They stated that he was moving it around in a threatening manner.”

Eventually, Butler let go of his wife and handed himself in to police.

Roger Clapham, for Butler, said that his client didn’t accept much of the prosecution’s case.

He said that Butler admitted arguing with his wife after she nagged him and had pushed her.

Butler said he picked up a knife to make a sandwich and denied threatening his wife with it.

But the solicitor added that his client was unable to remember much of what happened because he’d had so much to drink.

Magistrates agreed to adjourn the case so that a full pre-sentence report could be prepared.

Butler will next appear before the court on Thursday, May 24 for sentencing.